University of Nebraska Medical Center

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Get on the fast track to a career with purpose with an accelerated BSN from UNMC.

Why Earn an Accelerated BSN?

Do you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing? Are you thinking about a career change? Consider nursing. Demand for nurses is on the rise as health care organizations grapple with a growing patient population and an aging workforce.

Changing careers can be costly and time consuming. An accelerated BSN provides a quick path. If you plan to move into administration or teaching, a BSN or higher is essential.

As an accelerated student, you’ll cover the same material as traditional students. The only difference is that you'll pack more into each semester. Some students say that with fewer gaps between lessons and clinical experiences, they better retain the material.

Why Earn an Accelerated BSN at UNMC?


The College of Nursing is the largest and most far-reaching of UNMC's health colleges with five campuses spanning the state. We have divisions in Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney and Norfolk.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C. 20001. Phone: (202)887-6791.

Competency-Based Education

Our comprehensive curriculum is centered on student learning, patient outcomes and best-practices care propelled by advanced nursing systems. We'll equip you to translate nursing research into forward-thinking, best-practices for clinical application.

Progression Flexibility

Students can choose from full or part-time options, completing their degree at a pace that suits their lifestyle.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
12 months after completing prerequisites
Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney, Norfolk
Start Date
January of each year

Program Highlights

760 Hours of Clinical Training

You'll have learning lab/clinical instruction through our state-of-the-art clinical training facilities/simulators. You'll also do clinical rotations at area medical centers, hospitals and other health facilities.

Plan of Study

The curriculum follows the structure of the traditional BSN but compresses the two-year program to 12 months, with key variations. The accelerated program has two 16-week semesters and one 13-week summer session.


Before beginning your course of study, you will need to complete a bachelor's degree in another field from an accredited institution as well as prerequisite nursing courses. You can take these courses through the University of Nebraska (on campus or online) or from any accredited community college, four-year college or university.



Careers and Outcomes

Nursing is a quickly growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth of more than 438,000 new RN jobs by the year 2026. UNMC nursing graduates are in demand among employers throughout Nebraska and BSN graduates have the edge.

Job Opportunities 

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Doctor's offices
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Long-Term care facilities
  • Hospices
  • Educational services
  • Government services
  • And More...


  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Faith Regional
  • Western Regional
  • St. Elizabeth’s
  • Kearney Regional
  • Bryan Health
  • Good Samaritan
  • Nebraska Methodist
  • St. Francis
  • And More...